Anita Anand was born in Montreal. She moved back and forth between her hometown and such places as the Bronx; Bedfordshire, England; and Richmond, B.C. In every neighbourhood where she has lived, she has been the only person her age of Indian origin. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Frostwriting and the Louisiana Review. Swing in the House and Other Stories won the 2016 Concordia University First Book Prize and was nominated for the Blue Metropolis/Conseil des arts de Montréal Literary Diversity Prize for a First Publication.